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Playing “Budget Hero”, the Video Game!

Playing “Budget Hero”, the Video Game!

Are you and your staff  'Budget Heros' when it comes to grants?  I work with people who love to DO their work. These are passionate, take-charge, capable leaders who become wide eyed and immobile we start to discuss the impact of the federal budget on their organization.   It can be overwhelming when we try to consider how changes to a budget of  $3.8 trillion, with nearly a $1 trillion gap in debt, could impact a single organization?   Relatively minute changes in spending can drastically alter your government agency or nonprofit either through the impact on their clients or through…read more →

4 Reasons  You Want to Check Your Bylaws

4 Reasons You Want to Check Your Bylaws

Why do you want to invest time and energy in your Nonprofit Bylaws?   You want smooth operations  You value transparency and accountability  You do what is required  You want protection & clarity    1. Your Operating Manual Bylaws serve as an operating manual for your organization.  Your organization Bylaws address the principles, frameworks and, in some cases, policies for the overall governance of the organization.  Bylaws do not address the day-to-day operations details that the executive directors and employees oversee.  Bylaws often contain key policies regarding conflicts of interest and duties of loyalty. They are intended to be a…read more →

Can I Get a Guarantee that I Will Get the Grant?

Can I Get a Guarantee that I Will Get the Grant?

Why Would an Organization Pay a Grant Writer without an “Award Guarantee”? I’ve been asked this type question many times. Recently, I came across an excellent response by Michael Wells, owner of Grants Northwest. ”What kind of organization would hire a lawyer without assurances they'll win their case?  What kind of person will hire a surgeon without assurances the surgery will be successful?  What kind of person would hire a financial consultant without assurances they'll make money? People and organizations hire professionals on expectations of increasing their odds of success, not guarantees. I think this is true of anything in…read more →

Making Money with Program Income

Making Money with Program Income

  Making Money with Program Income!   Do you need more matching funds to meet the grant requirements? Do you want to serve more clients with your grant program? Do you want your program to be sustainable after the grant is complete?   ​Consider Your Program Income! Program Income can help you meet your matching fund requirements, help you serve more clients and increase program sustainability during and beyond the grant project!

What is eRA Commons?

What is eRA Commons?

What is eRA Commons?  The eRA Commons is a web interface where National Institute of Health, certain other Department of Health and Human Services agencies,  applicants and institutions are able to to participate in the electronic grant application and administration process.  Principle Investigators and postdoctoral personnel funded by the NIH are required to be registered with the Commons, and to include their Commons user name in their proposals. The best place to start is with the following presentations geared to provide you with an overview of the electronic grant application process: Interacting Electronically With NIH (PowerPoint – 4 MB) – Updated June…read more →

NEW Government System Award Management (SAM)

NEW Government System Award Management (SAM)

Celebrate SAM in July! SAM = 1 Login, 1 Process, & 1 Reporting Location. SAM is sponsored by the Government Services Agency (GSA).  SAM will consolidate numerous grants and contracts databases into one location.  SAM will give users one login site for accessing information and data currently housed on a variety of siloed sites. Beware, this next bits of information are a lot of acronyms and jargon. SAM will merge 9 government data and reporting systems into one system.  Included in this list of systems are several used by grantor agencies and grant applicants/grantees, such as CCR, EPLS, the FFATA (Federal…read more →

5 Keys to Winning Great Letters of Support!

5 Keys to Winning Great Letters of Support!

   Letters of Support, a.k.a. Letters of Commitment, document your partnerships and the contributions they bring to the project.     Follow these 5 keys to secure great letters of support: Ask early! Put your partners and supporters on alert as soon as you decide to apply for a grant. Give them a brief summary of the grant purpose, the estimated deadline for their letter, when you will provide more details about the proposed project and when they can expect a draft from your organization. The more time you give your partners and supporters the more likely you are to get…read more →